Get Your Emergency Storm Kit Ready!
SERVPRO is always here to help and want to give you tips on a basic emergency kit in case the unpredictable happens.
Cold weather, snow, and ice storms can cause severe damage to your home or business. When these types of disasters strike, immediate action is necessary to prevent additional damage to your property. SERVPRO is always here to help and want to give you tips on a basic emergency kit in case the unpredictable happens.
In a year filled with the unexpected, one thing that 2021 has shown us is to always be prepared. Here are some basic you should have in your Emergency Storm Kit.
Basic emergency supply kit should include these recommended items:
- Water (one gallon per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation)
- Food (at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food)
- Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
- First aid kit
- Extra batteries
- Whistle (to signal for help)
- Dust mask (to help filter contaminated air)
- Plastic sheeting and duct tape (to shelter in place)
- Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties (for personal sanitation)
- Wrench or pliers (to turn off utilities)
- Manual can opener (for food)
- Local maps
- Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery
Also look at ready.gov for more ideas on emergency kits!
Michigan is known for its constant changes in weather, making our homes and businesses an easy target for winter storm damage. That is why we here at SERVPRO of Romulus/Taylor are ready to help 24/7. We will work around the clock to get your property back to preloss condition.
Tips for a Leaking Roof
A roof leak may seem small, but it can potentially cause severe damage to your property.
A major storm in Michigan can do serious damage to many properties, including the roof of your home or business. When it comes to a leaking roof, you will need a professional not only to fix the exterior but to repair your attic and ceilings. A roof leak may seem small, but it can potentially cause severe damage to your property.
Here is what you can do once a leak has been discovered:
Check the Roof
If your property has a shingled roof, check for missing shingles. That may give you an idea of how water is getting in. If water is coming through, puncture a small hole that will allow the water to flow out freely. If you leave it intact, water will spread over the ceiling which could cause it to sag and possibly collapse. A hole gives the water somewhere to go. Put a bucket underneath to catch the water and move furniture and other items out of the way.
Move Wet Items
Once belongings are wet, they need to be dried and disinfected. If there are no electrical dangers, launder furniture covers, bedding, and other washable items. Air out and clean furniture and rugs. Check for irreparable damage. If something is in poor condition, throw it away.
Dry Everything Well
From the attic on down, everything needs to be as dry as possible. Run fans or heaters or open windows to get air circulating through the area. Once everything is completely dry, then restoration work for the roof leak begins.
A roof leak can cause substantial damage in hard-to-reach areas. Call the experts to evaluate the safety of your building before you attempt any repairs yourself. It is important to have everything dry and disinfected to prevent future problems. A damaged roof can cause extensive issues for your property. Cleaning up properly after storm damage ensures that you have a safe environment.
At SERVPRO, we are available 24/7 so that when a disaster strikes, we have your back.
Mold Growth in Your Business?
If your commercial property has suffered water damage, you may be concerned about the potential for mold growth.
If your commercial property has suffered water damage, you may be concerned about the potential for mold growth. Since mold spores live everywhere, it is especially important to address any wet areas after a water leak or flood. Mold spores travel through the air and attach to damp surfaces, which can lead to mold colonies if left untreated.
Important Tips to Remember About Mold Include the Following:
- Mold can establish itself in as little as 24 to 48 hours.
- Mold thrives in areas with high humidity, dim lighting, and low air circulation.
- Mold can form colonies in as little as 1 to 12 days.
If you suspect that mold is growing in your building, it is crucial to check areas that have sustained water damage. Whether the water is from a small, consistent leak or a major disaster, it can lead to conditions that foster mold. When the mold spores land in the correct environment, they begin feeding and breaking down materials such as wood, carpet, fabric, and sheetrock. This can lead to structural damage if not taken care of.
Professional cleanup and remediation services are essential to effectively handle mold growth, as experts have specialized equipment and training to detect and remediate the situation. Not only is it imperative to remove the existing mold, but it is also important to fix the source of the water feeding the mold. If the source of the water is not addressed, the mold will return and cause more damage, so this is a crucial step in mold prevention.
If you suspect mold, weather because of water damage, or just from damp conditions, you should call SERVPRO of Romulus/Taylor as quickly as possible. We are always “here to help," and have the training, equipment, and expertise to take care of your mold problem. Our goal is to get you back to a clean, healthy home and make it "Like it never even happened.”
Consult, Clean, and Certify
The Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program is centered around the three C's- Consult, Clean, and Certify.
The Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program is centered around the three C's- Consult, Clean, and Certify.
We will meet with the property owner to evaluate current cleaning processes, and propose additional services that SERVPRO® of Romulus can offer to minimize the potential transmission of COVID-19. We will also discuss how frequently these services should occur. Higher frequency service is recommended for businesses with high traffic and an inability to implement health screening of people entering the business.
Standard services focus on cleaning and disinfectant application to limit the emergence of viral pathogens. This may include disinfectant application to frequently contacted touch points such as doorknobs, light switches, countertops, keyboards, and desks to minimize the potential transmission of COVID-19.
Enhanced services build upon standard services by adding cleaning and disinfectant application to less frequently contacted touch points. This would be implemented in the case of having a person that tests positive for COVID-19 or a person that may be exhibiting symptoms of the virus.
A Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned window cling with the last date serviced or a table tent would be placed at the site letting the people that enter your building know that your building has been cleaned by the professionals at SERVPRO of Romulus/Taylor. For more information, call us at 734-992-3138.
How Can I Keep My Family Safe from a Fire?
Having a house fire occur in your home is never ideal, but are you making sure you are doing everything you are able to prevent one?
Having a house fire occur in your home is never ideal, but are you making sure you are doing everything you are able to prevent one? It can take less than a minute for a fire to begin spreading through the home, so making sure you know exactly what to do can help you be certain you can keep your family safe.
It is not difficult to implement fire safety efforts in your home, and doing so will give you the assurance that you are being as safe as possible. Practicing good habits surrounding fire safety are a great way to keep your home protected.
Practicing Good Fire Safety Habits at Home
Check your smoke detectors. It is always wise to make sure you have the right number of smoke detectors and that they work as you start boosting your fire preparedness. You should have them on every floor and near every bedroom, and they should be checked monthly to make sure they work.
Create a fire escape plan. Knowing how to exit the home quickly in case the smoke detectors sound an alarm is key to getting everyone out of the house safely. It should take a max of two minutes for everyone to escape and get to a designated meeting place outside of the home. It is recommended that you have two exits for every room to make this easier.
Limit your fire risks. There are little things you can do every day to lessen your fire risk as well. Simple things make a big impact, such as never leaving the room when a candle is lit, keeping a safety buffer around your grill when cooking and storing chemicals correctly so they do not combust.
Keep a fire extinguisher handy. Just in case a flare-up does occur, having a fire extinguisher handy can make the difference between a small incident and a large emergency. Make sure you know how to operate one and always have it within arm’s reach when cooking, grilling or performing other activities that involve open flames.
If your home is damaged by a house fire, we are here to help. Our expert fire restoration technicians are here 24/7 to spring into action as soon as you call. Contact SERVPRO of Romulus/Taylor to report your damage and receive a quick response.
Ensuring Your Business Can Recover from a Disaster
Disasters are unpredictable and can be severe.
Every business owner understands the importance of carefully considering all their strategic decisions, but have you strategized for how a disaster could impact your plans? Disasters are unpredictable and can be severe—and for businesses that have not planned ahead, they are devastating. Fortunately, by thinking through the recovery process in advance, you will be much more prepared for what is an otherwise overwhelming time of rebuilding.
Safety is the most important thing to implement into your business’ disaster plan, both for you and for your staff members. After you have a solid evacuation and emergency procedure planned out, it is then that you will want to begin considering what steps you will need to take to begin the process of rebuilding and recovering from any damage your property has endured.
Recovering From Property Damage to Your Business After a Disaster
Check your insurance and commercial restoration plan. The coverage that is provided by your insurer will vary based on what policies you hold, so after any damage, it is smart to check with them first thing to ensure you begin filing a claim if you are eligible to do so. Additionally, contact your commercial restoration company as soon as possible after damage occurs—this can stop excess damage from happening and get your doors reopened faster.
Give customers updates on your status. Because of social media, it is easier than ever to keep in touch with your customers in real-time—and after a disaster, you absolutely should. Consider providing updates on your reopening timeline and any options customers have for supporting you while you work to recover (i.e. purchasing gift cards, making online orders, etc.).
Make use of disaster loans and other resources. Rebuilding and restoring your business can be a costly endeavor, but there are many resources for financial assistance available. The disaster loans offered by the Small Business Administration are easy to qualify for, flexible to repay and can be used to cover many different types of expenses you may incur in the wake of a disaster.
If your business has been damaged due to a disaster, we’re here to help. Contact SERVPRO of Romulus/Taylor today at any hour to report your damage or to learn more about our commercial restoration services.
Preventing Frozen Pipes
SERVPRO offers the following tips for preventing frozen pipes and mitigating potential damage that they can cause.
Living in Michigan, we all know sub-zero temperatures are ahead. With frigid temperatures and winter storms coming, now is the time to learn more about how to avoid frozen pipes and water damage that can occur if those pipes expand and burst. Frozen pipes are actually very preventable, SERVPRO offers the following tips for preventing frozen pipes and mitigating potential damage that they can cause.
To prevent frozen pipes and avoid any potential damage:
- Insulate all exposed pipes in your property. Pay close attention to where pipes may be unheated, such as the basement, attic, garage, crawl space, and under cabinets in the kitchen and bathroom.
- Maintain a consistent temperature through your house day and night.
- Close any valves located inside that supply water outdoors and open outside valves to properly drain any excess water remaining in the pipes.
- Remove, drain, and store hoses used outdoors.
- In especially freezing temperatures, let your faucet trickle; running water is less likely to freeze.
- If you will be leaving your home unoccupied for an extended period, leave the heat on and set to a temperature no lower than 55° F.
Thawing Out a Frozen Pipe:
- If you turn on a faucet and only a few drips come out, you may have a frozen pipe. Typically, frozen pipes are found along exterior walls or where your water service enters your home through the foundation.
- Leave the faucet on while treating any frozen pipes, as flowing water will help melt the ice.
- Apply heat to the frozen section of the pipe by using an electric heating pad, an electric hair dryer, or wrapping pipes with towels soaked in hot water. Do not use a blowtorch, kerosene or propane heater, or other open flame device.
- Check all other faucets in your home to see if you have additional frozen pipes. If one pipe freezes, others may freeze too.
Cold weather, snow, and ice storms can cause severe damage to your home or business. When these types of disasters strike, immediate action is necessary to prevent additional damage to your property. SERVPRO of Romulus/Taylor has the winter storm experience, expertise, and the resources to remediate damage caused by winter weather. We are always here to help! Call us today at 734-992-3138.
Preventing a Kitchen Fire
More home fires start in the kitchen than anywhere else.
More home fires start in the kitchen than anywhere else. Every year, cooking was involved in an estimated 156,300 home fires that caused:
- 470 deaths
- 5,390 injuries
- $1 billion in property damage
These Numbers could be greatly reduced if people paid more attention when they cooked and practiced simple fire safety behaviors.
Unattended Cooking is The Leading Cause of Kitchen Fires
- Stay in the kitchen when frying, grilling of broiling food
- Check food regularly – use a timer to remind you the stove/oven is On
- If you must leave – turn the oven Off
Stay Alert to Avoid Stirring Up Trouble
- Don’t use the oven or stovetop if you are sleepy, have consumed alcohol or are using drugs.
- Keep pot handles turned in
- When you microwave food, open the container slowly to let steam escape and let food cool before eating
- Cool a burn under water for 3 to 5 minutes and cover it with a clean dry cloth
- If the burn is bigger than your fist, seek immediate medical assistance
Flammable Objects - Keep Away from the Stove
- Keep anything that can burn a safe distance away from the stove
- Clean up food and grease from burners and the stovetop
- Wear short, tight-fighting, or lightly-rolled sleeves. If clothes catch fire, stop, drop and roll over and over or back and forth to put the fire out. Get medical help.
Be Ready to React Fast to a Cooking Fire
- When in doubt – just get out!
- If you try to fight fire with a fire extinguisher, be sure:
- Other people are leaving the home
- Someone is calling the fire department
- You have a clear exit path
- If a small fire starts:
- Slide a lid over the pan
- Turn Off the burner
- Leave the pan covered until it is completely cool
- For an oven or microwave fire, turn off the unit and keep the door closed.
If you do have a problem in the kitchen or any other room in the house give SERVPRO of Romulus/Taylor a call. We will clean up all fire, smoke, and water damage.
COVID-19 and Trick-or-Treating
As many of us prepare to buy candy and costumes for Trick-or-Treating, the CDC has considerations to help protect families and communities from COVID.
As many of us prepare to buy candy and costumes for Trick-or-Treating, the CDC has considerations to help protect families and communities from COVID-19. Not only do we have to worry about COVID, flu season is also upon us. Following these considerations can help limit the spread while still being able to enjoy Halloween festivities.
Make Trick-or-Treating Safer:
- Avoid direct contact with trick-or-treaters.
- Pass out candy outdoors.
- If possible, set up a station with individually bagged treats for children to take.
- Wash hands before handling candy.
- Wear a mask.
- Make your cloth mask part of your costume.
- A costume mask is not a substitute for a cloth mask.
- Do NOT wear a costume mask over a cloth mask. It can make breathing more difficult.
- Masks should NOT be worn by children under the age of 2 or anyone who has trouble breathing.
- Stay at least 6 ft. away from others who do not live with you.
- Bring hand sanitizers with you.
- Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds when you get home and before you eat any candy.
For more information on making Trick-or-Treating safer, go to the cdc.gov. Your friends at SERVPRO of Romulus are wishing you a fun and safe Halloween!
Performing Your Own Water Damage Inspection
Part of homeownership is doing regular maintenance and inspections to ensure everything is in good shape.
Part of homeownership is doing regular maintenance and inspections to ensure everything is in good shape, but have you made sure to check specifically for moisture-related damages? Water damage is unsightly, but it can also lead to serious issues with your home’s structure if it is not fixed in a timely manner.
Though you should make sure to call the professionals in if you find water damage, you can look for signs of it yourself. This ensures you can find it early and reduce your insurance claim amount to keep your premium low, too.
Inspecting Your Home for Signs of Water Damage
Inspect your walls and ceilings. Drywall hides a lot of unsightly structural components of the home, but it is also a master at hiding water damage if you are not specifically looking for it. The signs will be subtle, such as small bubbles in the paint or areas that appear darker, but these might indicate that you have a serious problem lurking just underneath your drywall panels.
Don’t forget to look down. Issues with your floor are not always indicative of water damage, but if you notice specific problems, it might be a sign that your subfloor is absorbing water. Buckled floorboards, uneven spots or soft areas are common giveaways that water has permeated underneath your floors and needs to be extracted.
Inspect your roof. You can do a regular roof inspection from the ground that will tell you quite a bit about what maintenance you need. Using a pair of binoculars, check for missing shingles or areas that look like they have been damaged—these are often a clear sign that water damage could be present under the shingles.
Pay close attention to the basement. A basement should not be a moist, musty place—in fact, if your basement feels this way, it should be quickly addressed. If you notice signs of water working its way into your basement, you may end up with mold growth or other problems on your hand that can grow quite serious over time.
If you have water damage anywhere in your home, we are here to help. You can contact us at any hour to learn more about our services or to report damages. Get in touch today to speak with a water damage restoration expert.